Philadelphia Eagles: 10 Possible Draft Scenarios
The draft is under a month away and guessing that the number of mock drafts the average NFL fan have read is somewhere in the thousands.
Having spent more time than I should thinking about the possibilities the Eagles have this year, I've decided to write them down.
Because I'm a nice guy and have an over rated value in my own opinion, I've decided the place to write it is on Bleacherreport.com.
A quick recap of our top four draft needs:
1) Running back - The signing of Andrews and the loss of Buckhalter puts the RB position top of the list. Hunt didn't work for us and Booker has been unsuccessful so far.
Westbrook needs someone to help carry the load so can be effective for a few more years.
(The order of the next three is little more up for debate)
2) Tackle or Guard - Both starting tackles are gone and only one has been replaced.
The Eagles could shift either Herremans or Shawn Andrews and bring in Cole, but the question marks on Shawn Andrews' mental issue and Stacey Andrews' injury recovery, for me it stays at No. 2.
3) Tight End - Celek emerged as our No. 1, but there aren't many people who think he's quite good enough to be our starter long term and would prefer him as a quality second option.
He was our best player on offense in a couple of games, but teams didn't really enter matches wondering how they would handle Brent Celek.
4) Wide Reciever - Fans still want a standout weapon at wideout, the success of Desean Jackson has only increased that fact. Curtis is 30 but started his career a little later than most so their should be plenty of fuel left in his tank.
Avant has also come off a very good year so this could be considered a luxury.
The Most Popular Mock Outcome
The first scenario is the one we see most often in mock drafts over the internet.
First Round (21st pick) - Thanks to other NFL team needs, we often see that the Eagles can still choose from every Running back available in the draft at 21.
It's likely that either Moreno or Wells (if not both) will be available and should be a solid solution to our No. 1 need.
First Round (28th pick) - The top rated tackles are gone, but the draft still has 1st round quality players at that position. Eben Britton or William Beatty are likely to be taken around the point.
Second Round - A good crop of TEs to be had this year, we could see the Eagles pick up the likes of Jared Cook, Chase Coffman, or Cornelius Ingram.
Recent mocks have see Ingram being picked as early as the first half of the second round and as late as the fourth.
With that in mind Eagles could take a WR in the second round for the second year, Britt would make a nice complement to DeSean Jackson but he's been working his way up the draft board.
Hopefully one of the group consisting of Britt, Harvin, Heyward-Bey, and Nicks might fall back far enough for Eagles to take one off the board (It probably means moving up).
The First Round TE
Probably the second most likely scenario see the Eagles taking Brandon Pettigrew with the first choice. The upside being that he would help with the Eagles running game, in the red zone and at the goal line, the three aspects the Eagles offense had trouble with last season.
First Round (21st pick) - Brandon Pettigrew
First Round (28th pick) - Moreno and Wells are likely to be gone by now, no matter, Donald Brown and LeSean McCoy aren't too far behind them in terms of talent.
Second Round - There's a possibility the likes of Duke Robinson, Phil Loadholt, or Max Unger might still be out there at this point. If there really isn't any value on the O-line at this point, we might see a WR.
The Fan Pleaser
The success of DeSean Jackson may give Andy Reid the confidence he needs to add a WR with his first pick. Crabtree will be long gone and it's very unlikely Maclin will fall.
But Eagles should get to pick from a solid bunch, including Britt, Harvin, Heyward-Bey, and Nicks.
If that is the plan and most (if not all) those players are available at 21 the may wait until 28 to pick one up.
First Round (21st pick) - Moreno, Wells, or Brown.
First Round (28th pick) - Britt, Harvin, Heyward-Bey or Nicks.
Second Round - Top OL available (perhaps a TE)
The Small Jump
Andre Smith's stock has dropped since the combine fiasco and he has fallen on every mock draft I've seen since. Unfortunately, he rarely tends to get past Detroit Lions at 20, but a cheeky trade with Tampa Bay should solve that problem.
The Bucs solved their RB issue with the signing of Ward and quite often a new regimes like to bring in a new QB. Sanchez is probably gone by then and Freeman is a little expensive at 19, if the Lions take Stafford with their first pick then the Bucs are free to trade safe in the knowledge Freeman drops to 21.
Andre Smith seems to doing his best to remind me of Winston Justice, so the Eagles might pass on this one. (This scenario also works out if Oher is still on the board at 19.)
First Round (21st pick) - Andre Smith
First Round (28th pick) - Moreno, Wells, Brown or McCoy, whoever's left (probably in that order).
Second Round - Highest value TE or WR.
The Big Jump
Andy Reid knows the value of a top quality lineman and knows what can happen when you draft a top first-round quality OT who has taken a fall due to personality issues.
To get top quality both mentally and physically he would almost definitely have to trade into the top four or five to do it, but it could be worth it.
First Round - Eugene Monroe
Second Round - LeSean McCoy if we're lucky, if not, probably the best value available at either RB, TE or WR.
The Player Trade
There are a few rumors that the Eagles may trade Jason Peters, probably involving our pick at 28 and a late round Bills pick.
It's based around the idea that Eagles would prefer someone who would step in straight away at OT and not someone like Britton or Beatty who may need time to develop.
The Winston Justice pick might persuade Andy Reid to take a proven starter over another potential bust.
First Round - Moreno, Wells or Brown.
Second Round - Best TE or WR available.
The Trade back
If Moreno, Wells, and Brown are all still available at 21, they may try and trade back into the second round for the third-year running.
New England Patriots have three second-round picks, and if they see a player they like at 21 or 28, a trade might be on the cards. It would allow the Eagles to address each of the top four positions of need in the first two rounds.
First Round - Moreno, Wells or Brown (best available).
Second Round (34th pick) - Beatty and Britton are probably gone and one of Robinson, Loadholt and Unger are probably available at the next pick. If any of the WR group of Britt, Harvin, Heyward-Bey, and Nicks are still there, it would be good value.
Second Round (47th pick) - Robinson, Loadholt or Unger.
Second Round (52nd pick) - Jared Cook, Chase Coffman or Cornelius Ingram.
The O-Line is fine
There a number of people out there that believe the Eagles are fine on the O-Line, Fine enough at least not to have to use a pick in the first couple of rounds on one. Surely Reid won't use his top-three picks on flair positions, surely not.
First Round (21st pick) - Brandon Pettigrew.
First Round (28th picks) - Moreno, wells, Brown or McCoy (Best available)
Second Round - Top WR available.
First Round (21st pick) - Moreno, wells, Brown (Best available)
First Round (28th picks) - Best WR available
Second Round - Top TE available.
The Panthers Way
Last year, the Panthers traded their 2008 second-round pick and 2009 first-round pick for the Eagles 2008 first round pick. Perhaps the Eagles could use the same gameplan the Panthers did last year.
Trading up above the Falcons could give us...
First Round (21st pick) - Moreno, Wells or Brown.
First Round (from the trade) - Brandon Pettigrew.
First Round (28th pick) - Britton or Beatty (or perhaps the best WR available)
Of course, there's a chance that Andy Reid will do something completely unexpected.
His last two first-round picks were Pattison and Bunkley and he may want a top defensive end to bookend Trent Cole and make a formidable defensive line, someone like Robert Ayers could go the 21st pick.
Vontae Davie is another unlikely pick that just might happen, Reid replaced his previous CB duo around the 30 age mark, the age Sheldon Brown has just reached.
There have been talks of Brown moving to Safety and if the current Dawkins replacements don't work out, it may be an option.
There's also an outside chance that Reid isn't entirely happy at linebacker. There's no age concerns, but Gaither was replaced by Jordan later on last season.
Jordan did well, but was it well enough for Reid who could bring someone like Brian Cushing in if he felt the need.